US, China and the European Union have also called for restraint.

There was heavy firing on Thursday between Indian and Pakistan across the Line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, the Defence Ministry said.

“At around 6am today, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling mortars and firing small arms along the Krishna Ghati sector,” Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said.

The Indian army retaliated effectively and strongly. Firing exchanges stopped around 7am, he added.




Authorities have shutdown all educational institutions within 5 km of the LoC and the international border in Rajouri, Poonch and Samba districts.

8.10am

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has urged India and Pakistan to exercise maximum restraint to avoid any further military escalation over rising tensions between the two countries, Xinhua news agency reporte.

In a statement, Freeland said that “Canada is gravely concerned about rising tensions between India and Pakistan.” “Dialogue between India and Pakistan is needed to identify a durable diplomatic solution and maintain peace and security in the region,” the report said.




8.00am

Indian High Commission in Pakistan last evening gave a demarche to Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs for immediate and safe return of captured Wing Commander Abhinandan. A similar demarche was given to Pakistan’s acting High Commissioner in New Delhi earlier yesterday, reports ANI.

7.50am

Jammu and Kashmir has been under thick cover of security. Visuals from the Manjakote sector of Rajouri district.




7.49am

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, Pakistan Peoples Party leader Farhatullah Babar join in appeal for peace over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan.

7.35am

China urges against ‘expansion’ of tensions




China’s foreign minister has called on Pakistan and India to avoid escalating tensions, expressing to his Pakistani counterpart “deep concern” over the Kashmir crisis amid fears aerial battles could snowball into an all-out conflict.

Wang Yi’s comments came as Shah Mehmood Qureshi called him on Wednesday to provide an update on the latest developments in the standoff, the Chinese foreign ministry said Thursday.

7.30am

Stocks shake off an early loss, end mixed Stocks recovered most of an early loss and drifted to a mixed finish on Wall Street as gains for banks and industrial companies were offset by losses elsewhere in the market.

Capital One Financial rose 1.7 per cent, and Boeing climbed 2 percent. UnitedHealth Group fell 4.9 per cent. The S&P 500 fell 1 point, less than 0.1 per cent, to 2,792.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 72 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 25,985. The Nasdaq edged up 5 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 7,554. Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.69 per cent.

7.20am

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval spoke to both United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and United Kingdom NSA Mark Sedwill last night, ANI report said.

7.15am

Pakistan violated ceasefire at 6 am on Thursday in Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control in Poonch district. Indian Army retaliated effectively. Firing stopped around 7 am, ANI reports.

7.10am

Pakistan criticices lack of US rebuke to India Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States says that the lack of U.S. condemnation for an Indian airstrike inside his country is seen by his government as having increased tensions between the two neighbours.



Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan told reporters in Washington Wednesday that the US response to the airstrike was “construed and understood as an endorsement of the Indian position, and that is what emboldened them even more.”

Source: khaleejtimes




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